ISKF UK Spring Course and Dan Grading 2023
With ISKF Chairman & Chief Instructor Hiroyoshi Okazaki (9th Dan)


Friday 28 April
Saturday 29 April
15:00 Grading
Sunday 30 April


For details and to register, please click on this link.


 Hiroyoshi Okazaki brief biography

  • Born in Chiba, Japan, in 1961.
  • Began karate at the JKA Headquarters in Tokyo.
  • Moved to the US in 1979, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he continued his training at ISKF/JKA Headquarters under Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki (10th Dan).
  • Graduated from the ISKF Instructor Training Program in 1995, becoming a Certified Instructor, Examiner and Judge.
  • Assumed the position of ISKF Chairman and Vice-Chief Instructor in 2015 upon Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki's retirement, and subsequently appointed ISKF Chief Instructor by Shihan Yutaka Yaguchi (9th Dan).
  • 16x Kata Champion at the US Nationals (2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1985, 1984, 1982).
  • 2x Kumite Champion at the US Nationals (1996, 1995).
  • 2x Grand Champion (1st place in Kata and Kumite) at the US Nationals (1996, 1995).
  • 2nd place Kata at the 1994 JKA Shoto World Cup.
  • 3rd place Kata at the 1987 JKA Shoto World Cup.

Posted 27 January 2022

February closure days

There will be no training on the following dates:

Hampstead Dojo - Saturday 12th February

City Dojo - Wednesday 16th and 23rd February

Posted 5 January 2022

Happy New Year of the Tiger!

Training will be resuming on the following dates:

Hampstead Dojo - Saturday 9th January

City Dojo - Wednesday 12th January

If you're a beginner, now is the perfect time to start!



Posted 24 November 2021

Seasonal closure

There will be NO TRAINING on the following dates:

Hampstead Dojo - 18 Dec, 25 Dec, 1 Jan

City Dojo - 15 Dec, 22 Dec, 29 Dec, 5 Jan

Posted 30 September 2021

New dojo at CitySport now open!

Many thanks to this hardworking lot for coming to inaugurate the new dojo at CitySport gym in Islington last night! We hope to start welcoming more people to the new branch from next week.


Posted 17 September 2021

New dojo opening on Wednesday 29th September!

We are delighted to inform you that we will be opening a new dojo at CitySport in Islington. Classes will take place on Wednesday evenings. Please see the Classes & Dojo page for details


Posted 31 August 2021

September timetable - COVID restrictions lifted!

We have lifted the remaining restrictions for live classes at The Armoury. From Saturday 4th September, there will be no limit on participants. All live classes will be 14:30-16:00 (90 mins) for all grades. Online Zoom classes will continue and take place from 14:30-15:30 (60 mins). Please email for more details.


Posted 28 July 2021

August timetable

Both live classes and online Zoom classes will resume on Saturday 7th August. For the duration of the month, training will be one hour, 14:30-15:30. We can accommodate 12 participants per live class. Both existing members and new members of all ages and levels are welcome. Please email for details about how to register and pay.


Posted 2 July 2021

JSKA UK championships

The UK branch of the Japan Shotokan Karate Association is hosting their annual national competition on Sunday 26th September 2021 at the Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre. It would be great if we sent some people to represent ISKF at this event. More details to follow!


Posted 2 July 2021


Both live classes at The Armoury gym and online Zoom classes will not take place on the following Saturdays: 10th, 17th and 31st July. Training will take place on 3rd and 24th July.


Posted 20 May 2021


We are happy to announce that live classes at The Armoury gym in Hampstead will resume from Saturday 22 May 2021. These will be in addition to the online Zoom classes, which run concurrently. Unfortunately, both the live and online classes are currently only available for existing club members. However, we hope to be able to welcome new students if government restrictions are lifted on 19th July.


Posted 3 March 2021


Online classes are currently only available for existing club members but we hope to be able to welcome you soon at the dojo once government restrictions are lifted. Stay tuned!


Posted 18 December 2020

Season's Greetings

This has been a trying year but we managed to keep training online and in the gym - thanks to all for supporting the Club. Classes are now closed but we hope to be back in The Armoury gym for limited-capacity sessions on Saturdays from 14:30-16:00 in January - we'll update you as soon as we can. Our online Zoom classes will also continue on Saturdays from 14:30-15:30. In the meantime, stay safe, stay happy, keep practising!


Posted 6 December 2020


We are back in The Armoury gym for limited-capacity sessions on Saturdays from 14:30-16:00.

Our online Zoom classes continue on Saturdays from 14:30-15:30.

Please contact for details.


Posted 2 November 2020


Unfortunately, the recently announced restrictions mean that we will have to pause live classes at The Armoury gym until Saturday 5th December at the earliest.

We will, however, be continuing with our online Zoom classes on Saturdays at 14:30-15:30.


Posted 13 October 2020


We have resumed classes at The Armoury gym on Saturdays 14:30-16:00. These are limited-capacity sessions with heightened health and safety measures.

We are also continuing with the online Zoom classes on Saturdays 14:30-15:30, live streamed from the dojo.

Please contact for details!


Posted 4 October 2020


We are preparing to start some classes (initially invitation-only) this month. These will be reduced-capacity sessions with enhanced health and safety measures. We will let you know as soon as we are open to the wider public.


Posted 29 July 2020


We hope you've all been keeping safe and well! As the government has allowed gyms to reopen, we are preparing to restart some classes at The Armoury in the near future. These will be reduced capacity sessions with enhanced health and safety arrangements. We'll let you know the details as soon as we have them. In the meantime, keep training in your bedrooms, kitchens, gardens, wherever!

Posted 24 June 2020


We were very sad to learn of the passing of Grand Master Teruyuki Okazaki (10th Dan ISKF) from COVID-19-related complications on 21 April, just three days after the loss of John Ho. Hampstead Karate Club have sent condolences to Chief Instructor Hiroyoshi Okazaki and the wider ISKF community.


Posted 24 June 2020


As readers of our Facebook page will know, we lost our dear friend and longtime ISKF UK/Hampstead Karate Club member John Ho (2nd Dan ISKF) on 18 April to COVID-19. Please see the eulogy delivered by Sora at John's funeral below.


John Ho Eulogy
This is the eulogy read by Sora at John's funeral
John Ho Eulogy.pdf
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Posted 19 March 2020

In light of recent developments in government advice regarding social distancing and, in particular, the closure of schools, we regret to inform you that all classes are cancelled until further notice. All gradings for our members are also cancelled.

We will, of course, let you know as soon as we get an indication from the relevant authorities that it is safe to resume training. Please regularly check our website and Facebook page for the latest information.

In the meantime, we hope you keep developing your karate by doing some stretching, working on your basics and kata, and watching instructional videos online. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch at

Stay well and see you on the other side,

Hampstead Karate Club 


Posted 25 February 2020

It's not too late to start training for the highlight of the ISKF UK calendar - the 4th ISKF World Shoto Cup, to be hosted in London this summer!


Posted 13 July 2019


24th August NO CLASS

20th July to 7th September 2:30 - 3:30 pm ALL GRADES



Posted 25 January 2019


2:30-3:30 beginner to red belt / 3:30-4:30 green belt to black


Posted 9 September 2018

Members of ISKF UK including Sora from Hampstead Karate Club will be competing in the ISKF European Championships on Sunday 23rd September. Good luck to all competing!


Posted 25 March 2018

Congratulations to this group for passing their Kyu (colour belt) gradings under UK Chief Instructor Ahcene Moussaoui at the ISKF Headquarters last week. Looking forward to seeing more new colours in the dojo after the April grading!


Posted 18 December 2017

We're on winter break!!! Classes resume Saturday 13 January. Have a good one and see you in 2018.


Posted 18 December 2017

Well done to this little group for passing their kyu (colour belt) gradings! Thank you to Sensei Ahcene Moussaoui 7th Dan for holding the event at ISKF UK Headquarters.


Posted 2 September 2017

Can you see our good friend Salih training with WKF World Champion Jordan Thomas in this video?


Posted 2 September 2017


We hope you had a great summer and that you're ready to start training hard again! Classes are back to 14:30-15:30 and 15:30-16:30. See you in the dojo!

Posted 26 August

Post-training drinks at our local

Posted 9 July 2017

Congratulations to this little group who passed the Kyu (colour belt) grading today!

Posted 4 July 2017


Please note that there will be no training on the following dates:

  • Saturday 15 July
  • Saturday 22 July
  • Saturday 29 July

There will only be one class for all grades between 2:30 and 3:30pm in August.

Posted 31 March 2017




Dates: Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th April

Location: Sobell Leisure Centre, London N7 7NY


This year, we are proud to host Sensei David Jones (8th Dan ISKF), Chief Instructor of ISKF Alberta and Chairman of ISKF Canada. Sensei Jones is also a member of the ISKF Technical Committee and is a former Canadian national kumite champion and international competitor.


For a full biography, click hereFor a YouTube video of Sensei Jones performing a kata in the World Shotokan Cup, click here.


We hope to see you there!


Posted 31 March 2017


Please note that there will be no classes taking place on the following:

Saturday 8th April

Saturday 15th April

Classes resume on Saturday 22nd April.

Have a good break, everyone!


Posted 31 March 2017


Congratulations to those who passed their Kyu grading on Saturday 26th March. For those who didn't let's train harder and make sure it's a success next time!


Posted 3 January 2017


Reminder: NO TRAINING on Saturday 7 January

Training resumes on Saturday 14 January


Posted 12 December 2016


Congratulations to Keith, Sarah and Krish, who all passed their first grading with ISKF UK Chief Instructor Sensei Ahcene Moussaoui. We look forward to seeing you with your yellow belts!


Posted 6 December 2016


Last session this year on Saturday 17 December

NO TRAINING on 24 December, 31 December and 7 January

Training resumes on Saturday 14 January

Have a lovely winter break and see you in 2017


Posted 3 August 2016


Throughout August, there will only be ONE session on Saturdays.

Training for ALL grades is 2:30-3:30pm.

Normal training times resume in September.

Posted 11 July 2016


Congratulations to the 13 individuals who passed their kyu (colour-belt) gradings on Sunday 10 July at ISKF UK Headquarters.

Hampstead Karate Club members with ISKF UK Chief Instructor Ahcene Moussaoui 7th Dan (5th from left)

Posted 4 July 2016


There will be no session on the following dates:

- Saturday 16th July

- Saturday 23rd July

Training will resume on Saturday 30th July.

See you there!

Posted 11 May 2016

Annual ISKF spring course report - read it here!

Blackbelts at the annual spring course

Posted 23 March 2016

Annual ISKF spring course

Bookings are now open for the weekend course with the superb Hiroyoshi Okazaki 8th Dan, Chairman & Vice Chief Instructor of the ISKF. Details available from the Club Secretary. Don't miss it!

Posted 23 March 2016

CONGRATULATIONS to those who graded at ISKF HQ on 12/19 March. We now have 2 new yellow belts, 2 red belts, 5 purple belts and 1 purple-and-white belt. Keep up the hard work!

Posted 23 March 2016

A reminder that there is NO KARATE on Saturday 26 March. Classes resume on Saturday 2 April. Have a great Easter weekend!

Posted 1 December 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel and Connor on achieving orange belt (8th Kyu) at ISKF HQ!

Posted 21 November 2015


Please note that there will be NO classes on the following dates:

  • 19 December
  • 26 December
  • 2 January

Classes resume on 9 January.

Posted 9 November 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to all those who competed at the annual ISKF competition, which was held on Sunday 1 November 2015 at Sobell Leisure Centre. See the full report here.

Hampstead Karate Club members with ISKF UK Chief Instructor Ahcene Moussaoui 7th Dan (far left)

Posted 20 October 2015

Last chance to hand in your application forms for the annual ISKF competition this Saturday!

Posted 11 September 2015

Test your skills at the annual ISKF competition on Sunday 1 November 2015 at Sobell Karate Club. Click here for details.

Posted 11 September 2015

New Facebook page launched! Don't forget to leave a review.

Posted 6 August 2015

Grand opening on Saturday 5 September. See you there!


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